Sunday 3rd June.
Last week I found a Coronation copy of Good Housekeeping in a second hand shop. It wasn't as lively as I hoped but it did include a recipe telling readers how to make an exact replica of St Edward's Crown, the great state crown, out of jelly. I think some of those bored ladies on the staff were having a bit of a laugh.
Ventured up to Piccadilly in the rain and watched on a big screen set up in the street as Queenie boarded her boat looking very vulnerable her white hat sticking up. I watched standing next to a friendly policeman as tables were laid all along the highway for a festive lunch. I had just had mine at St Michael's Church, far too much of it; Coronation Chicken followed by at least three puddings.
This image show me standing in the RA in front of my painting, "Dead Hand."
It was on sale for £600. The gallery takes 40%. On the right you can see a tiny bit, about £3,000 worth of the painting by Miss Eszter Karpati MA (RCA) from Hungary, priced £15,000. So far it has had no takers, but there is time yet.
I think I remember her painting of some strawberries in the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Gallery two years ago. She is obviously one to watch.
When I came out the rain was sheeting down, the tables were useless and the lunchers had all gone. We joined a crowd heading for the tube station with our rotten brollies. Horribly crowded at the top of the escalators, but I did manage to get a seat all the way home as the tourists all crowd into the first few carriages. Like most people who were out in London today I am now waiting for the late news coverage on TV so I can see something of what happened.